Week 28. Green on grey.

A florescent green kayak appears out of the fog on Lake Huron.

Saturday morning of week 28 saw me down at the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario. The lake was shrouded in fog, I heard and just managed to spot two Common Terns over the water when I spotted the kayak.

This is a colour photo, not manipulated. I was considering it for Monochrome Monday but decided that was cheating so it’s my pick for week 28. A few minutes later the fog had rolled in and the kayak was barely visible.

A splash of green.

Dawn light on Lake Huron.

It’s Throwback Thursday and this week is a follow-up of sorts to last week.

Last week I posted one of the last images I shot on film. This week I’m posting an early digital image taken soon after the film image from last week.

I had been shooting film along side digital for about a while but went totally digital 11 years ago this month. The photo below is the eleventh shot taken with the Olympus E-410 I had just purchased.

After posting the photo on a photo forum I was approached by a camera magazine who wanted to use it. When I asked about their usage rates I was informed that they don’t pay for photos. Hard to comprehend that a magazine aimed at photographers expected them to give their work away. Needless to say, they didn’t get to use the photo.

So to the photo. It shows the Range Light at the mouth of the Saugeen River on the Lake Huron shoreline at Southampton, Ontario about 15 minutes before sunrise.

Range light at dawn.

A scruffy Red Fox from week 24.

This was my initial choice for week 24 because it was such a strange encounter. I was down at the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton on Saturday morning. I grabbed the camera I keep in the car just in case there was something interesting.

It was cloudy, the sky was grey as was the water making it hard to tell where one started and the other stopped. Not a lot of bird activity either so I sat on one of the benches around the flagpole at the bottom of High Street. I was fiddling with the strap connectors on the camera when I looked up to see a Red Fox trotting along the Lake Huron shoreline.

It stopped briefly for a drink before carrying on towards me. It trotted past me at which point I stopped taking photos and just watched it. It turned around and started coming towards me again, climbing up on the boulders that protect the flagpole. I then made a huge mistake and stood up to get a better viewpoint. The Red Fox didn’t like that, turned around and disappeared into vegetation to the north of the flagpole.

At that point I forgot about it and started photographing two Ring-billed Gulls that had landed on a boulder. After getting plenty of photos of the Gulls I had gone back to watching for interesting birds when I heard people behind me exclaim about a Fox. It had looped around behind me and was heading back down the beach in the direction it had come from.

Trotting Red Fox.

Land, mate, preen.

A sequence of photos taken on the Lake Huron shoreline in the spring.

I was photographing a Common Tern on a rock in the water when a second bird flew in.

Two Common Terns

The second bird landed and approached the one on the rock. By the front birds wing position it was fairly obvious what was going to happen next.

Ready to mate.

The birds mate. I’m guessing that they were a well established pair as the male didn’t bring a fish as a courtship offering.

mating Common Terns

After mating both birds started preening.

Preening Common Terns

A sunrise and a sunset.

The new Weekly Photo Challenge is Rise/Set.

I thought I would span the decades and change continents. The problem is that I have now changed my photo selection and rewritten this post three times.

This shot was taken shortly before the sun came up, I was down on the Lake Huron shoreline half an hour before sunrise. The plan was to test my new digital camera and some lenses. This is the fourth shot I took with the camera and I haven’t shot any film since.

Range light at sunrise, Southampton, Ontario, Canada

This male Mallard silhouetted against the setting sun was planned. I selected the best spot to give me the most variety of lighting and wildfowl on the water. A film shot from Lancashire, England in the early 1990s.

Male Mallard silhouetted at sunset, Lancashire, England